* Posts by David Nash

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: Are you sure they were servers?

Maybe it was a server by nature of the work it was doing, rather than the hardware. And it was a test server.

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"the easy approach was just tug on the cable at the point I knew it was my power cable and with another hand wait for a tug at each of the plugs in the outlet.”

“After five or six tugs the plug moved."

This means he tugged the cable to feel which one it was. It didn't disconnect at that point.

" I was like ‘bingo’, and promptly pulled the plug.”

This was when he disconnected the plug that moved slightly. turns out it was the wrong one.

What's so hard to understand?

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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"The hell is a blackout?"

What happened to "What"?

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Yo Dabbsy

Buses at a..er...road station?

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Re: Education is no longer designed to teach.

"She's being taught how to pass the Biology A level exam."

This is true and it applies to all subjects. The problem is the schools are measured on exam results and targets. So they avoid any negative language at all, set the kids low targets that they will mostly achieve, the kids think they are great because they got their target, they learn a bunch of stuff by rote without having any deeper understanding of what it means, so they can't generalise, school gets the number of A-C passes they want (well they've changed them to 1-9 or whatever) teachers get their bonus (only joking) and eveyone's happy.

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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PlusNet

On the infrequent occasions that I've had to call them, they've always been helpful and friendly.

Are they not mostly at the mercy of OpenReach anyway?

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: F1 is shit.

Thanks for your insight.

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Re: If he was a really good reporter

He didn't assume, he asked her.

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Idiot.

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

They still have some live ones on CH4. Next year, not so good (ie. none, IIRC).

By the way I successfully avoided the result of the Chinese GP until Monday, so it's not impossible.

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

"Races are rarely live and even then its just once"

What does that even mean?

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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UK BASED

Well sometimes I might tend to agree but this is a story about US politics. So fair's fair, I reckon. And some of the "political US discussion" can be educational to those of us from elsewhere, although less so the name-calling.

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Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

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Re: Another View

"breaking the law."

The law? or just the contract?

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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"INSTEAD OF his phone number."

Do people get phone numbers from random vans in the street anyway?

I would normally look it up, back in the day in a phone book, these days online of course.

Vans don't come into it.

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Re: We'll be using Ivp6 as name s next

I did see a proposal a few years ago that everyone uses a phone number as their unique user identifier, since they are pretty much universal and unique now.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: Reminds me of a story I read about

The difference with the hiss is that it's real!

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Re: Switch to...

I don't think I could remain silent in that situation. Leave various pieces of info about how Bluetooth works lying around. etc.

Actually true double-blind testing has shown that there is no such thing as sensitivity to EM radiation in the ranges that these people mean it (ie. radio, not light).

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Re: Negative energy waves

If they are waves then it's likely and plausible that they are alternating between negative and positive anyway. So on average nothing.

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Re: brainectomy and what it does to your intellect

I can't bring myself to open that link, I will get too annoyed.

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Re: A solution

Stale electricity? Amusing, but in that instance, why would he not have told the real reason?

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

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Re: What other Which

They may need your bank details but they don't need a DD mandate in force to credit you. The clue is in the name. One of the Ds stands for Debit!

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Re: Which Which?

They do seem to be in love with Apple too. It often seems to get the top rating just because it's Apple. Although recently even they've baulked a little at the price.

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Re: Jaywalking

That is what "jaywalking" is. Crossing a road outside of a designated pedestrian crossing.

So much for "freedom". What if the pedestrian is carrying a gun, is it alright then?

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: Skype

"Mastodon is like Twitter, it is for public chat groups, not for private conversations."

Except that people seem to use public twitter for private conversations anyway.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Re: Please just don't care enough

"Convenience has trumped maintaining control"

It always does and always will, because people are lazy, and just want something that "works".

Edit: And free, of course.

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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Nobody mentioned...

That the catholic tweet in the article spelled both Stephen and Hawking wrong.

Bunch of useless idiots who can't even bother to get his name right even while claiming he came over to their side. Oh and liars too, as the article pointed out.

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Re: Lack of belief in an immortal soul

If you believe in resurrection what else is being resurrected but an immortal soul?

You're grasping at technicalities to try to justify the fact that you claim (by way of being Christian) to believe in magic, which is clearly unjustifiable except via the fact that lots of other people claim the same.

Personally I suspect that many of them believe no such thing and are therefore not actually Christian at all.

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"science can never prove (or disprove) the existence of God.."

The burden of proof is on those making the claim, not on others to disprove it.

Anyway, if a scientist set up something that he claimed would invoke God, and a big hand came out of the sky and shot a lightning bolt, and that was repeatable and got published and peer reviewed....perhaps that would be Science proving the existence of God.

But then the religious would probably redefine God to get out of it. As Douglas said, "Without faith I am nothing said God, and disappeared in a puff of logic."

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Re: Leap of faith

"what matters to most members of a religion is the community, not the theology"

I have seen no evidence to suggest that at all.

Why build the big towers pointing to the man in the sky then? or all the images and statues of the supposed miracles and messiah? Why pray/sing to God when people get married in church? Why have "thanksgiving" as someone else pointed out, thanking whom?

What you've said it not true at all. If someone said "I am religious but don't believe in God (or A God)" they'd be laughed out of church or the equivalent (if they were lucky).

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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Re: A digital watch?

A pretty neat idea!

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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Re: <<< Isn't it time for Kalanick 2.0 to go >>>

Good point...I always remember the last two lines of that quote, but I think these days the first two are equally important!

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Cognotive Dissonance

So many environmentally-concerned folk may also be anti-GMO for no reason than it's the latest fashion and it's a new invention so must be bad.

But good for the environment?

but GMO?

<head explodes!>

Personally although I am concerned that our environment is looked after, I have never heard of hops being a problem. And I have no problem at all with GMO, whether natural (yes it happens naturally) or man-induced.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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"If the software is free then how can you complain when it forces you to use it's own browser rather another free browser?"

I'm in two minds about whether they should be doing this, but Win10 isn't free. You either buy it as a retail package or pay for it inclusive of your new PC cost, or paid for Win7 which was "upgraded" with no additional fee (but you had to have a valid Win 7 install, which was not free).

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Re: "no problem giving Apple a pass" - One major difference

Huge difference: People choose to use Apple.

Or they choose to use MS. What's the difference?

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Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

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I am not particularly defending anyone, let alone Google, but that article seems unnecessarily sarcastic.

"Google also have lawyers on standby to scrutinise RTBF requests as well. Just in case those definitely-not-prescriptive rules aren't clear enough, you see."

That seems reasonable. As mentioned, it's not a legal process yet, but may need legal input.

" internal case management and correspondence tool, imaginatively named Cases"

It's got to be called something.

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

Also - this headline is really nothing to do with the problem described in the article.

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Re: Lost count...

Let's not get started on recruitment agents. That's a whole Friday afternoon gone and too OT for this page!

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Re: It's printing upside down!

We all know what it means, but why doesn't it just print on A4 anyway?

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Re: Ah, the "good old days" ...

Can't you just print it 3 times?

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: Its a guess and nothing more

Not true, we know there's at least one in the universe so it's reasonable to take that as the lower bound.

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Re: Is it even worth thinking about?

If we are in a simulation would we be able to tell the difference between that and the religious version of events?

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Re: Why hasn't Earth been visited yet?

"So behave yourself. You are under observation."

What is the alien version of good behaviour?

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"I have every faith in civilisations existing outside of our our solar system are very much a live and kicking, and that the only thing dead here is that bloody equation."

Faith shouldn't enter into it.

On what do you base such faith in the face of zero evidence?

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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"With Ken Dodd, and now Stephen Hawking, God is recalling his geniuses"

Jim Bowen too today!

RIP all and condolences to their families.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Re: RE: Crossrail

@handleoclast

He didn't claim the truth, he claimed all tube stations are equivalent to 15 floors which is clearly not the truth and the video proves it. The *joke* is that all tube stations are 15 floors.

The video didn't need to be so long to show it, and the OP could have indicated that it was a joke rather than bluntly stating it as fact. Twice.

Also it's not "famous".

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: Two years ago

It's not blank/empty, it's "/".

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A ghoulish tale of pigs, devs and docs revived from the dead

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Re: Back in the 90s...

"S&M elements"

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YOU ARE LATE FOR A MEETING

Because email is famous for getting someone's attention in real-time

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Bots don't spread fake news on Twitter, people do, say MIT eggheads

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Choosing to believe...

The odd thing is, I have always maintained that I can't choose what to believe, rather I am either convinced by the evidence or other persuasion, or I am not. That's not a choice.

Is that not the case for most people?

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